SwedishAmerican Foundation to Celebrate 100 Years of Philanthropy with Annual Fundraising Gala on March 3

The SwedishAmerican Foundation is excited to announce it is hosting its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, March 3 at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Swedes’ Night (formerly known as Cruise) is now the party to attend with several exciting changes – a new look, a new feel and lots of fun.

The theme of Swedes’ Night is “100 Years of Philanthropy,” celebrating all our donors have made possible over the past 100 years at SwedishAmerican Hospital. The hospital’s proud past will be on display, but so will the future. All proceeds from Swedes’ Night will support SwedishAmerican’s soon-to- be constructed Riverwest Clinic, located on Marchesano Drive, scheduled to open in the fall of this year.

Swedes’ Night kicks-off at 6 PM with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by dinner and a highly entertaining and enjoyable dueling pianos performance. Guests will also enjoy having fun in our photo booth and bidding on items in our extensive silent auction. Beginning Friday, February 16, anyone can visit www.galabid.com/swedes2018 to create an account and begin bidding on a wide array of silent auction items. The silent auction will end during Swedes’ Night on Saturday, March 3 at 9:00 PM. Winners need not be present to win.

“Change is in the air at SwedishAmerican. Cruise has sailed and now Swedes’ Night is the party to attend,” says SwedishAmerican Foundation Director Laura Wilkinson. “This is an event that helps celebrate SwedishAmerican’s past and future but it’s also an evening to celebrate our donors and sponsors who have helped us bring compassionate care to our patients and residents of northern Illinois.” Tickets for Swedes’ Night are $125 per person, with reserved tables of 10 for $2,000. Sponsorships are also available. Please RSVP by February 19. For more information, contact the SwedishAmerican Foundation at (779) 696-2496.

About SwedishAmerican
A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

About the SwedishAmerican Foundation
Established in 1981, the SwedishAmerican Foundation raises and distributes funds to advance SwedishAmerican and its mission to care for our community. This includes SwedishAmerican Hospital, its clinics and the neighborhood surrounding the hospital. The Foundation also supports local community healthcare organizations that further the mission of SwedishAmerican. An appointed board of directors oversees the assets and activities of this nonprofit, tax-exempt Illinois corporation.

Vintage Petal Blood Drive 2 19 18

What: Vintage Petal Blood Drive

When: Monday, February 19th, 2018

10am to 2pm

Where: Vintage Petal
301 N. Main Street
Rockton, IL 61072

Why: By hosting a blood drive, Vintage Petal is helping save lives in our community. For more information or to schedule a time-saving appointment to donate, please call RRVBC toll-free at 1-877- RRVBC-99, or call (815) 624-2311. You may also make an appointment online at www.RRVBC.org. Appointments will be honored. Walk-ins are welcome!

All donors will receive a Pint-for- Pint coupon courtesy of Culvers!

If you are at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health, you should be eligible to donate blood. One in three people will need blood. You never know when it might be you or someone you love who will need blood.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the only provider of blood products and services to Beloit Health System, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Mercyhealth/Rockford Health System, SwedishAmerican Health System and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call toll free 877-RRVBC- 99 or find RRVBC on the web at www.rrvbc.org.

Don’t Be Lazy – The Role of a Chamber of Commerce in Your Small Business Marketing Efforts

A Chamber of Commerce plays a very important role in your marketing efforts. Just not the way you probably think it should. I have served in almost every capacity you can think of for the local Chambers, and can say without a doubt if you think the Chamber’s job is to market your business for you and to drive customers your way – you are going to be disappointed.

Before you come at me with pitchforks, hear me out …

In mid-late 2011 I (RyCOM) joined the Rockford Chamber (paying more than I could afford at the time), and was accepted into their Leadership Rockford curriculum, which cost three times as much as my membership. Needless to say, I was “invested”.

Through the 8 month curriculum, I had built some great friendships, learned a ton about the Rockford region, and established some connections that would be the foundation of success over the next few years. After I graduated from Leadership Rockford in 2012, I stopped participating in Rockford Chamber events, and never saw a return on my membership investment again. Weird how that works – stop putting in time – stop getting a return. HMM?? Nobody ever told me they were referred to me by the Chamber. Nobody ever came to my website from the chamber’s directory.

Actually, all I ever got from the Chamber’s directory listing was telemarketing calls.

Soon thereafter, I had joined both the Rockton & Roscoe Chambers. Subsequently, my little freelancing business has exploded into a turn-key marketing firm. There are many reasons why we’ve seen success, but the Chamber has been one of the greatest investments I’ve ever made. A small yearly fee, some event sponsorship, and a ridiculous amount of time & volunteerism all turned into some amazing business opportunities for me.

I believe that anyone can see the same kind of results from their local Chamber. Its important to remember that just joining isn’t enough. You see, many small businesses think that a Chamber is suppose to drive new customers to their door. In my experience, this is a fundamentally flawed view of the Chamber’s purpose – and a lazy one at that.

If you want more customers, you should be investing in a marketing firm to help you (I know a great one). Fact is that an investment of just a couple hundred dollars isn’t going to revolutionize your marketing. It takes a lot more than a trade association membership to do that. It takes an understanding of brand positioning, marketing options, knowing your target audience, managing your digital assets, brand loyalty, and shaping the customer experience. You know – all the things you could learn about by networking with other successful business leaders – or hiring RyCOM to worry about it for you 🙂

Your local Chamber is a system available to you for networking, relationship building, educational resources, community stewardship and professional advocacy. Operating under the view that “we can do more together than we can apart”, the Chamber gives everyone an equal opportunity to contribute to our collective success. The Chamber is not a marketing company, the Chamber is not a news medium, the Chamber is not a social media manager, and the Chamber is most definitely not an account sales rep for your business.

Think about it this way – Your internet provider doesn’t write your emails for you, shop for you, or download music for you. You have to log on, participate, find what you want, and use the systems available to you if you want to get the benefits of it.

The Chamber is like an internet connection to some great knowledge and relationships. You should be asking yourself “when was the last time I logged in?”. If you are not seeing the ROI you expect from your Chamber, I would venture to say you are not investing the right things. Consider networking more, sending in more articles, hosting an educational seminar, sponsoring more events, and just generally being a more attentive and contributing member to the Chamber’s mission.

If you don’t want to do any of those things – by all means, keep paying your membership dues. Then call us for a consultation – cause you probably need some honest marketing advice.

Personal & Professional Health

This article is written for the Chamber of Commerce by Ryan Rydell of RyCOM Creative Corp. for our Quarterly Content Marketing plans. Ryan served the Rockton Chamber as a marketing service provider, Director, Vice President, President, and Volunteer. He was most recently the Vice President of the Stateline Chamber, and his company is the Agency of Record that manages the marketing & communications for the Chamber.

If you have some content that serves this quarter’s content topic, please send us your article for publication.

The opinions stated in this piece are from it’s writer, and are not necessary the opinions of the Chamber. The Chamber is not a legal or financial advisor.

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Savant Capital Management Adds to Team and Recognizes Current Employees

ROCKFORD, IL (February 1, 2018) – Savant Capital Management, an independent nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm, is pleased to announce the addition of several new team members to its Rockford office and to recognize the achievements of current employees.

Additions to Team:

 

Drake Grindle joined Savant in December as an associate in the firm’s Accelerated Career Development Program. This advisor training program allows employees to gain broad exposure to the foundational areas of Savant while acquiring valuable knowledge and experience for a successful transition to a financial advisor.

Grindle has been involved in the financial services industry since 2015. Prior to joining Savant, he was a senior assurance associate at a public accounting firm. Grindle is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

Lisa Rovinski joined Savant in January as a front desk receptionist. She is responsible for welcoming guests, handling front office workflow and deliveries, answering incoming calls, preparing reports for client meetings, and providing support to the Savant team.

Rovinski has been involved in the administrative services industry since 1988.

Matthew Runyan recently joined Savant as an information technology specialist. He is responsible for supporting and maintaining Savant’s computing and communication systems.

Prior to his current role, Runyan served as an IT intern with the firm. He earned an associates degree of applied science in Cisco networking and a second associates degree of applied science in data assurance/IT security, both from Rock Valley College.

 

Jill Shachter joined Savant in December as a human resources generalist. She is a member of the Administrative Team and is responsible for administration of the applicant tracking system, the sourcing, interviewing and selection of candidates, employee relations, training, development and engagement, and compensation administration.

Shachter has been involved in the human resources industry since 1990. Prior to joining Savant, she was the hospital manager at a local animal hospital and a human resources generalist and business partner at a local health system. Shachter is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Rockford Area SHRM.

Employee Achievements:

 

Portfolio Accounting Supervisor Jacob Davenport, Financial Planner Teryn Fitzgerald, and Financial Planning and Tax Specialist Kelli Peterson have earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional certification. The CFP® certification process, administered by CFP Board, identifies to the public that those individuals who have been authorized to use the CFP® certification marks in the U.S. have met rigorous professional standards and have agreed to adhere to the principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism and diligence when dealing with clients.

Financial Planning and Tax Services Coordinator Julie Saez-Gimeno received the Registered ParaplannerSM designation. To receive this designation, Saez-Gimeno completed a course of study encompassing the financial planning process, the five disciplines of financial planning and general financial planning concepts, terminology and product categories. Additionally, she passed an end-of-course examination that tested her ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.

Trader Michael Homan earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rasmussen College. Homan is responsible for processing trades, cash management, and portfolio rebalancing.

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. Click here for more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures.

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Welcome Our New Chamber Executive Board

Beginning in 2018, the Chamber has a new Executive Board. The new team was selected during the November Board meeting and has been working with the previous executive team to seamlessly transition into their new roles.

The Executive Committee is a volunteer group of Board Officers that take on a larger role in the daily operations of the Chamber. The incoming team should be complimented for their commitment to the Chamber, and willingness to serve. The new incoming executive team is:

President: Ryan Monette
Vice President: John Broda
Treasurer: Nathan Bolin
Secretary: Anabel Toye

After 2 years as the President & Vice-President of the Stateline Chamber, Laura Baluch and Ryan Rydell did not seek re-election for another term. Laura and Ryan were heavily involved with the latest successful merger initiative, which started in 2012 but didn’t finalize until 2015 when Laura was the VP of the Roscoe Chamber, and Ryan was President of the Rockton Chamber. Both Laura and Ryan have been asked to remain on the board in a non-voting Ex-Officio roles. In a joint statement about not seeking reelection, Laura and Ryan have this to say:

We have enjoyed serving the Chamber for over 7 years now. With the merger finalized and the next phase of growth upon us, we felt it was time for new leadership to step in. The new exec team is full of capable and dedicated leaders who will do great things. They have our full trust and continued support as we remain active members of the Chamber through event participation and committees where our experience and insight are valuable.

– Laura Baluch & Ryan Rydell

The outgoing Treasurer and Secretary, Dan Herron and Patricia Didich, also chose to not seek reelection. However, Patricia will remain on the Board in a standard director capacity. Other changes to the Board of directors include outgoing members Russell Baker and Mike Lunde, and newest members Adam Lane, Toni Brown, and Stacey Phillips. For a full list of board members, see the Board of Directors page.

Thoughts from the new team:

Taking on the responsibility of President is my way of being able to give back to the community I have called home since 1998.  We have a wonderful group of volunteers that serve the Chamber, for which I am excited to work alongside to continue to grow our piece of No. Illinois.  I hope to have the opportunity to meet with all of our business members and I encourage them to meet with me and the other volunteers of the Stateline Chamber so that we can learn more about their business and how we can be an advocate for them. 

– Ryan Monette, President

I am humbled and honored to have been elected to continue the work of our previous Executive Committee and to introduce new ideas and programs to give our members more value for their membership. My goal for the next 2 years is to create a resource that supports our community and business environment in conjunction with our local governments.

– John Broda, Vice President

I appreciate the trust that my colleagues put in me as the new Treasurer. It is my pleasure to serve the community in this role.

– Nathan Bolin, Treasurer

It is my pleasure to take on the role as Secretary for the executive team at the Stateline Chamber. I look forward to working with the entire Stateline Chamber team and our members.

– Anabel Toye, Secretary

John Sentovich Joins Savant as Business Development Financial Advisor

 Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm, announced it has hired John Sentovich as business development financial advisor in its Rockford, Illinois, office.

Sentovich is a member of Savant’s Advisory Team and provides philanthropic assistance to private and family foundations, and works with religious entities and clients to implement socially responsible investing. He is also responsible for educating prospective clients about Savant’s investment and planning services, and creating brand awareness in markets where the firm is located.

“Savant has a long history of working with family, private, and non-profit foundations,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO at Savant. “John brings to Savant a great deal of philanthropic and foundation experience and knowledge. He will further enhance our ability to meet the needs of our family and private foundation clients, while helping to develop new relationships in the markets served by Savant.”

Sentovich has been involved in both the foundation and gift planning industries since 1992, working extensively with non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Savant, he was director of gift planning at Northern Illinois University and also served as executive director of the Catholic Foundation for the People of the Diocese of Rockford.

 

“I am thrilled to be able to bring my passion for helping families and non-profits to the Savant team,” said Sentovich. “I value the firm’s hands-on team approach and I’m proud to take part in helping meet the comprehensive financial planning needs of our clients.”

Savant manages more than $5 billion in assets and employs more than 150 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has 11 offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Peoria, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI.

 

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. Click here for more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures.

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

SwedishAmerican to Host FREE Heart Care Ask the Experts Program and FREE Open House

On Monday, February 5 at 5 PM, SwedishAmerican will host Heart Care Ask the Experts, a FREE event about keeping your heart healthy, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford.

Attendees can arrive at 5:00 PM to register and browse informative heart care exhibits. At 6:00 PM, SwedishAmerican President & CEO Dr. Michael Born will provide an update on SwedishAmerican. Following Dr. Born, keynote speaker Lisa McDowell, MS, RD, CSSD will present “Code Blueberry:” Let Food Be Your Medicine. Directly following, our expert panel will discuss the latest innovations in heart care and answer questions from the audience. The panel of experts includes:

  • Kendall Boone, Vascular Surgeon at Rockford Vascular Surgery at SwedishAmerican
  • John H. Braxton, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at SwedishAmerican Heart Institute
  • Ravi Dhingra, Cardiovascular Medicine at UW Health
  • Mazen Hadid, Interventional Cardiologist at SwedishAmerican Heart Institute
  • John Kaminski, Electrophysiologist at SwedishAmerican Heart Institute
  • Mary M. McNamara, APN, Family Medicine and Holistic Health at SwedishAmerican Woodside Clinic
  • Daniel Retzer, Family Physician at SwedishAmerican Davis Junction Clinic
  • Rehmat U. Sheikh, Interventional Cardiologist at SwedishAmerican Heart Institute

Admission is FREE. Light refreshments will be served and everyone will receive a gift. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/HeartCare18 or call HealthConnect at (779) 696-7081.

In addition, the SwedishAmerican Heart Institute is hosting a FREE open house on Thursday, February 15 from 11 AM – 1 PM at 1340 Charles Street, #300, Rockford.

SwedishAmerican is pleased to welcome several new providers to the Heart Institute, offering services for patients with coronary and peripheral vascular diseases. We have undergone extensive renovations and invite the community to tour our spacious and comfortable clinic, including 20 exam rooms, X-ray and lab.

Attendees will be able to tour the facility; enjoy heart healthy snacks and refreshments; receive giveaways and enter to win an iPad Mini; watch hands-on CPR and AED demonstrations and meet our doctors, surgeons, nurses and staff from SwedishAmerican and UW Health. FREE valet parking also will be available.

To learn more, call the SwedishAmerican Heart Institute at (779) 696-5888.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican Pediatrician Dr. Manika Bhateja Relocates to Stateline Clinic in Roscoe

SwedishAmerican Pediatrician Dr. Manika Bhateja recently relocated to SwedishAmerican Stateline Clinic, located at 4282 E. Rockton Road, Roscoe. Previously, Dr. Bhateja was located at Rock Valley Clinic in Rockford.

Dr. Bhateja graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She completed her pediatrics residency training at Michigan State University and is board certified in pediatrics. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a special interest in disease prevention, childhood obesity and childhood ADD/ADHD.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhateja, call (779) 696-9000.

 

 About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Free IRS & Federal Trade Commission Webinar for Small Businesses

Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Data:

Practical Identity Safety Practices for Your Business

A free webinar for small businesses

Presented by the Federal Trade Commission & Internal Revenue Service

Thursday, February 1, 2018 — 1 hour

1:00 pm Eastern | 12:00 pm Central | 11:00 am Mountain | 10:00 am Pacific | 9:00 am Alaska | 8:00 am Hawaii

Identity thieves target small businesses to steal passwords, bank account information, Social Security numbers and more.

Join us for a free webinar to learn about:

  • Protecting your customers, employees and business against ID theft
  • Imposter scams targeting businesses
  • Business cybersecurity practices
  • Responding to a data breach

To register, click here:  https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/23939

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Tax Professionals: No CE credit is being offered for attending this webinar.

Cornerstone Credit Union Announces 2018 Founders Scholarship Program

FREEPORT, IL Cornerstone Credit Union announced that applications for their 2018 Founders Scholarship Program are now being accepted. Cornerstone will be awarding three $4,000 Founders’ Scholarships, for a total of $12,000, to deserving high school seniors. The deadline for submission is February 28, 2018.

 

The scholarship is dispersed over a four-year period to encourage and promote degree completion. Since the program’s inception in 1998, Cornerstone CU has awarded more than $160,000 in scholarships to area youth to attend an accredited college, university, community college, or technical/trade school.

 

Visit cornerstonecu.org for an application and full details. Applicants must be a current member or join the credit union as part of the application process. Membership is open to people who live or work in Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside or Winnebago Counties in Illinois, or Green and Rock Counties in Wisconsin.

 

Established in 1939, Cornerstone Credit Union is a full-service, not-for-profit financial cooperative with $110 million in assets, serving nearly 14,000 members. Cornerstone offers service centers in Freeport, South Beloit and Sterling.

 

CONTACT:   Lorna Cote, Marketing Director, phone 815-235-5855;

email lcote@cornerstonecu.org